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HC 451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces
Shabbir, Mahnaz


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Course

HC 451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces

Semester

S2J 2010 DN

Faculty

Shabbir, Mahnaz

Office Location

Off location

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

816.213.2536

E-Mail

Mahnaz.Shabbir@park.edu

Mahnaz@ShabbirAdvisors.com

Semester Dates

March 17, 2010 to May 4, 2010 (first class will be on Tuesday, March 23 and the second class will be on Saturday, March 27, 2010

Class Days

--T----

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Longest, Health Policy Making in the United States, 4th Edition, AUPHA, 2006. ISBN: 1567932452

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Students are highly encouraged to supplement the reading material with their own internet searches to facilitate their learning and participation.  The instructor will also be providing supplemental information during class.

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Course Description:
HC451 Health Care and the Political Process: Analysis of the process of health policy formation at the federal, state, and local levels from historical and contemporary perspectives. Specific topics will include cost controls, utilization review, methods of changing public and private health policies, and political factors in health care delivery. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, web sites and writings. The instructor will engage students to analyze the information and make sound conclusions by encouraging  lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the role of the political process on health delivery in the United States.
  2. Describe how the political process affects cost of health care, human resources, and various health facilities.
  3. Analyze the key roles of demanders and suppliers of health policies .
  4. Explain the current and future issues in health policy and the role of government in the formulation of health policy.
  5. Interpret the role of specific interests in the health care industry and the effect on health policy decisions and organization and delivery of health care.
  6. Evaluate the roles of local, state, and federal politics on the current and future developments of health care delivery.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Point Allocations:

 

Class participation                8 points (8 points/week).

 This includes article summaries and discussions. 


Weekly article summaries
    25 points (5 articles each worth 5 points)

Students will submit a current relevant paper based on a health care article that relates to that night’s readings. Be prepared to share the article and discuss why you chose it. Students are to summarize their articles for the class, not read the articles to the class. Students should volunteer to summarize their article at opportune times during class discussion. The typed paper(minimum full 3 pages) should be turned in at the end of class 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6. Students should include an analysis on how the article fits with the assigned reading. Students don’t need to submit the article, but students need to source the article on their paper.

A midterm exam (week 4)      (20 points)

A final exam (week 8)             (20 points).

A final term paper                (20 points)

Students will interview a health care provider and an elected or employed government official and write a paper on their findings. More detail on this paper will be discussed in class. The paper is expected to be approximately ten to fifteen double spaced pages in length not including the reference and title pages.

Paper presentation                (7 points)

Students will present their paper on the last day of class. The presentation should not exceed 10 minutes.



Grading:

Grading:

Participation                8%

Midterm Exam         20%

Article Summaries   25%

Final Exam               20%

Final Paper                20%

Presentation                 7%

Park University grades are as follows:

A= 90- 100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = < 60%

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.


The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late Submission of Course Materials:

There are only 3 acceptable reasons for late submission, and all require documentation to me:

1. Death in the immediate family

2. Illness preventing you from completing your work

3. Power failures

Unless there are special circumstances discussed ahead of time with the instructor, grades for late work are deducted 20% each day for up to three days past the due date.  After five days the work will not receive any credit. No work will be accepted after the last day of class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Work should be turned in at the end of class.All assignments must be typed and include the following: assignment name, student name, class number due date and date submitted. 

Students are expected to attend all classes. Students are responsible for all materials covered and assignment due date. If you can’t make class, contact the instructor by 3:00 pm the day of class. Make-up work will be determined for students who miss class due to no fault of their own. Students will forfeit participation points for any missed class if there is no prior communication.

 All late assignments must be approved prior to the class that the assignment is due. Failure to obtain approval for a late assignment will result in a zero grade (0) for that assignment. Approved late assignments will receive a reduced grade.

 Students must provide the instructor with on-call and traveling requests by the end of class Week 1. Notify instructor as soon as possible in regards to family emergencies. It would be wise for students to save instructor’s phone number into their PDA/cell phone for emergencies.

 Extra credit is not available to promote consistency of grade distribution and fair play. Students who don’t turn in assignments will receive zero points (0) for each affected assignment.

Note: If the instructor witnesses internet surfing or text messages during class time, the student will forfeit the total points available for that class.

 When emailing the instructor, please make sure your email is included in the email to help facilitate return communication. Not adhering to this expectation could lead to a delay in a response from the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 Activities:

Readings

Text: Read Chapter 1

Week One Learning Outcomes:

1). Define Health and Health Policy.

2). Describe the categories of health policies and their use.

3). Analyze the connection between health policy and health.



Homework: Students will submit a current relevant paper based on a health care article that relates to that night’s readings. Be prepared to share the article and discuss why you chose it. Students are to summarize their articles for the class, not read the articles to the class. Students should volunteer to summarize their article at opportune times during class discussion. The typed paper(minimum full 3 pages) should be turned in at the end of class. Students should include an analysis on how the article fits with the assigned reading. Students don’t need to submit the article, but students need to source the article on their paper.

Final Paper: Students will interview a health care provider and an elected or employed government official and write a paper on their findings. More detail on this paper will be discussed in class. The paper is expected to be approximately ten to fifteen double spaced pages in length not including the reference and title pages. Students should start thinking about who they want to interview.



Week 2 Activities:

Readings

Text: Read Chapter 2

Week Two Learning Outcomes:

1). Describe how health determinants influence the making of health policies.

2). Describe how health policy influences and impacts individuals, organizations, and interest groups

Homework: Students will submit a current relevant paper based on a health care article that relates to that night’s readings. Be prepared to share the article and discuss why you chose it. Students are to summarize their articles for the class, not read the articles to the class. Students should volunteer to summarize their article at opportune times during class discussion. The typed paper(minimum full 3 pages) should be turned in at the end of class. Students should include an analysis on how the article fits with the assigned reading. Students don’t need to submit the article, but students need to source the article on their paper.

Final Paper: Students should give updates on their final paper. This would include who they are interviewing. Relevant information will be shared in class.



Week 3 Activities:

Readings

Text: Read Chapter 3

Week Three Learning Outcomes:
1). Describe the context of health policymaking and the influence of suppliers and demanders of policies.

2). Compare and contrast the demanders and suppliers of health policies and what motivates them in the political market.

3). Analyze and explain the key features of the policymaking process as reflected in the schematic model.

4). Apply concepts learned about the policy making process to real world health policies.


Homework: Students will submit a current relevant paper based on a health care article that relates to that night’s readings. Be prepared to share the article and discuss why you chose it. Students are to summarize their articles for the class, not read the articles to the class. Students should volunteer to summarize their article at opportune times during class discussion. The typed paper(minimum full 3 pages) should be turned in at the end of class. Students should include an analysis on how the article fits with the assigned reading. Students don’t need to submit the article, but students need to source the article on their paper.

Final Paper: Students should give updates on their final paper. This would include who they are interviewing. Relevant information will be shared in class.




Week 4 Activities:

Readings

Text: Read Chapters 5 and 6

Week Four Learning Outcomes:
1). Explain the role of Chief Executives in agenda setting at the federal level.

2). Describe the involvement of interest groups in the political circumstances that affect agenda setting.

3). Describe the nature of problems that drive policy formulation.

4). Discuss the link between agenda setting and the development of legislation.

5). Describe the steps in legislation development.

Final Paper: Students should give updates on their final paper. This would include who they are interviewing. Relevant information will be shared in class.

Midterm: Students will take their midterm exam.



Week 5 Activities:

Readings

Text: Read Chapter 7 and 8

Week Five Learning Outcomes:

1). Describe in general terms the implementation phase of the public policymaking process.

2). Explain how legislative oversight influences policy implementation.

3). Describe the role of interest groups in rulemaking and the key features of rulemaking in the political process.

4). Describe in general terms, the operation stage of policy implementation.

5). Explain the impact of implementing organizations on policy implementation.

6). Analyze the competencies that underpin successful management in implementing organizations.



Homework: Students will submit a current relevant paper based on a health care article that relates to that night’s readings. Be prepared to share the article and discuss why you chose it. Students are to summarize their articles for the class, not read the articles to the class. Students should volunteer to summarize their article at opportune times during class discussion. The typed paper(minimum full 3 pages) should be turned in at the end of class. Students should include an analysis on how the article fits with the assigned reading. Students don’t need to submit the article, but students need to source the article on their paper.

Final Paper: Students should give updates on their final paper. This would include who they are interviewing. Relevant information will be shared in class.



Week 6 Activities:

Readings

Text: Read Chapter 9

Week Six Learning Outcomes:
1). Discuss the distinction between policy initiation and policy modification.

2). Describe how modifications occurs in legislation development, rulemaking, and the operational stage of implementing policies.

3). Describe the cyclical relationship between rulemaking and operation and it's affect on modification of policies.

4). Explain the role of policy analysis in policy modification.


Homework: Students will submit a current relevant paper based on a health care article that relates to that night’s readings. Be prepared to share the article and discuss why you chose it. Students are to summarize their articles for the class, not read the articles to the class. Students should volunteer to summarize their article at opportune times during class discussion. The typed paper(minimum full 3 pages) should be turned in at the end of class. Students should include an analysis on how the article fits with the assigned reading. Students don’t need to submit the article, but students need to source the article on their paper.

Final Paper: Students should give updates on their final paper. This would include who they are interviewing. Relevant information will be shared in class.





Week 7 Activities:

Readings

Text: Read Chapter 4

Week Seven Learning Outcomes:
1). Discuss the benefits and limitations facing organizations and interest groups that analyze their public policy environments.

2). Explain the recommended steps in conducting an effective analysis of the public policy environment of an organization.

3). Describe the concept of corporate citizenship and provide "real world" examples of organizations using it.


Homework: Students will submit a current relevant paper based on a health care article that relates to that night’s readings. Be prepared to share the article and discuss why you chose it. Students are to summarize their articles for the class, not read the articles to the class. Students should volunteer to summarize their article at opportune times during class discussion. The typed paper(minimum full 3 pages) should be turned in at the end of class. Students should include an analysis on how the article fits with the assigned reading. Students don’t need to submit the article, but students need to source the article on their paper.

Final Paper: Students should give updates on their final paper. This would include who they are interviewing. Relevant information will be shared in class.




Week 8 Activities:

Week Eight Learning Outcomes:
1). Analyze the role of the political process on selected="true" term paper topic through defense of term paper.

2). Evaluate the influences of the political process on selected="true" term paper topics of one's peers.

Homework: Students will submit a current relevant paper based on a health care article that relates to that night’s readings. Be prepared to share the article and discuss why you chose it. Students are to summarize their articles for the class, not read the articles to the class. Students should volunteer to summarize their article at opportune times during class discussion. The typed paper(minimum full 3 pages) should be turned in at the end of class. Students should include an analysis on how the article fits with the assigned reading. Students don’t need to submit the article, but students need to source the article on their paper.

Final Paper: Students should turn in their final paper.

Final Presentation: Students will present their paper on the last day of class. The presentation should not exceed 10 minutes.

Final Exam: Students will take their final exam.




Article Summaries


You will be writing a paper specifically related to the issues surrounding a health policy. These are basically reaction papers to articles that you will need to locate. Guidelines for completion of the article summary are as follows:

1. Locate a current article that examines a health issue topic that is relevant to the role of the political process on health care delivery in the United States. (A Website is not an acceptable resource, BUT journal articles found on the Internet are). Articles can be found at your local library, a college library, or from Internet sources. The article must show a correlation between the health issue and concepts discussed in your textbook. Textbooks are not an acceptable resource for this assignment.

2. Write a minimum of three page paper that includes the following components:

a. A summary of the article in your own words: DO NOT COPY from the article!

b. Your own personal reaction to the article: What did you learn? What did you think of the information provided?

c. Your analysis of how the article demonstrates a correlation between what we have been discussing in class (and in the text and lecture materials) about an issue.

In other words: What aspects of the article demonstrate how this particular policy issue impacts health practices, structure of, government role in, and financing of health care? What is the role of interest groups, organizations in the formation or modification of the health policy issue?

3. Submit the summary along with the source(s) end of class.

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